You can take the metro from Aviatorilor station (south-east of Herastrau park) on line M2 to Unirii station and switch there to line M1 till Grozavesti or Petrache Poenaru stations, respectively M3 till Politehnica station (depending on where around the Polytechnic you will be working, it’s a vast area).
Driving, using taxis or buses/trams will all take considerably longer than this.
The metro is fairly easy to use. Get a monthly pass (costs 70 lei).
Feel free to ask any other questions.
The metro is your best bet for getting around Bucharest. Surface traffic is very crowded and because there are no designated bus lanes, buses get stuck in traffic just like normal cars.
But the metro is pretty straightforward to use, the map is simple. It gets crowded between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM and again around 5:00 - 6:00 PM but overall it's OK.
Uber and taxis are the next best alternative, they are fairly cheap.
You should be fine overall. Most expats I talked to seemed to think Bucharest is a good city for them. Most people speak English and the city has an active social and cultural life.
Get to the dubliner pub full of expats they will help with advice etc.
What do you think of the Floresca neighbourhood? It’s looking like I will be living in there when I move.
It’s pretty good overall, just that the central part doesn’t have direct access to the metro.
Ah ok, so I’m going to be near Parcul Sportiv Dinamo so walking to Stefan cel Mare looks like about 10min walk? Alternatively Google maps is telling me I can take RATB on Caleb Dorobantilor as the fastest option to get to Politehica?
It’s OK then, you can indeed walk to Stefan cel Mare and take the metro (or tramway 1).
The times on Google Maps may be valid now (Sunday, low traffic) but on a weekday it’s definitely faster to go by metro.
From Herastrau to Militari ( Polytecnic University) best choice is 41 tram! It's crowded in the morning( the metro's crowded, too and you have to make a connection in Piata Unirii with a long and crowded tunnel to walk), but it's very fast and straight! It has it's own rail - no cars over it!